BLOOMINGTON, Ill. —
Indiana State could not overcome an off night by Indiana State junior Jake Odum, who was scoring a team-high 13.9 points-per-game in Missouri Valley Conference play prior to Wednesday night in Redbird Arena.
Odum persevered, scoring all nine of his points in the last six minutes to give the Sycamores life.
But the Redbirds improved to 2-6 in league play with a 60-58 victory when Odum's 3-point attempt to win it at the buzzer hit hard off the back iron. Indiana State had a three-game winning streak snapped, falling to 12-7 overall and 5-3 in the MVC.
Odum was among many frustrated Sycamores leaving Redbird Arena. He went scoreless with no assists in the first half, missing several layup attempts in the first four minutes of action. He also had a turnover in the opening minute that led to a John Wilkins dunk.
"I just wasn't finishing. I was getting to the hole. They just didn't fall for me. I kind of let that affect the rest of my play," Odum said. "I had a couple turnovers that led to baskets on the other end. It started with me, being a leader on this team, I started a downhil effect for us at the beginning of the game."
Manny Arop was leaned upon at the offensive end as he reached double figures early in the second half. Arop finished with 13 points on 6-of-12 shooting, giving him six straight games with 10 or more points.
Clutch shots by Odum and Arop down the stretch weren't enough for the Sycamores to get over the hump as Illinois State came up with two second-chance buckets in the final four minutes.
Odum's first field goal came with 5:45 to play in the game as he drilled a 3-pointer to put the Sycamores ahead 48-47. Illinois State guard Tyler Brown answered to put the Redbirds back on top for the eighth lead change of the game.